Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring is here...

...and I have the proof! Well, besides the warmer weather, spring flowers and pollen count! We just had the best out of nowhere thunderstorm, with a great downpour, capping it off with a rainbow.  The perfect ending to our Spring Break.

My expectations for Spring Break were quite high, and although I wasn't able to cross everything off my bucket list for the week, it was still productive, relaxing and fun.

There was crafting...

Kitchen time...

Homemade pizza...

A simple french toast bake...

Shepherd's pie for St. Patty's Day...

Homemade Ocean Water...

We had library and park time.

We organized some closets and decorated for Spring. 

We might have made more Sonic trips this week, than we have in the whole school year! We went 3 times!! Happy hour and half price shakes are the best.

We also did some shopping, an appointment, a day with Nana, some cousin time with Brieley and of course, some quality family time at home. Bailey and my dad took a quick trip to Lubbock to explore Texas Tech some more, as well. I read and researched writing a book.  Jonas said it's time to stop talking about it, and just start already!  Okay...I'm on it.

Spring Break is a tough always gives us a taste of summer, yet we know there's still several months of school to get through. It all goes pretty quick from this point on. We have lots to look forward to this Spring, including our very first high school graduate.

Spring officially begins this week! The Boyen Bunch is more than ready for warmer temperatures and new adventures.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

February's fine...

I'm tired right now, and not totally inspired to write, but happy to say, positive vibes and health have returned to the Boyen Bunch household. Earlier this week Jonas was running a fever...strep again! Luckily, no other Boyen's tend to catch strep, since we all have had our tonsils removed. He recovered quickly and was back at it.

We've had lots going on already this month, fabulous February is underway. Bailey's put his down payment on his dorm room and will be rooming with a friend he's had since 5th grade. He was also offered his full scholarship and grant package. It's still mind blowing to think he'll be graduating in June and heading to college in August.

Lorelei's doing great in diving and already on Level 4.

We took advantage of my free Grimaldi's pizza and had a wonderful family night out. It's hard to get all six of us out at the same time, especially with two busy teenagers in the house.  It was the perfect end to my birthday celebrations.

After lots of hard work and months of rehearsal, the Carson Choir was finally ready to present the musical, "Snow Biz". This was bittersweet, since this will be the last time one of my own kiddos will be in it, with me as the assistant director.

Someone had a hard time waking up the morning after the is exhausting!

Valentine's day traditions continue with pink pancakes for breakfast.

The very next day my dad turned 70! We had a nice dinner to celebrate this wonderful guy!

We actually had two concerts this past week, squeezed in between Valentine's and my dad's birthday.  Savannah had a concert Tuesday night and Jonas had one Thursday night.  Double concerts makes for a musically filled, busy week.

The kid's have tomorrow off (lucky!). I have staff development, which I have to admit, I don't mind much. It's nice to have adult time, with absolutely no kids at all!  Not mine or a classroom full. I guess in a way it IS a day off. I always try to look for that silver lining.

Happy President's Day!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

So long January...

I know it's not just me that thinks January 2018 was the longest month ever. Honestly, it was the roughest start to a year, that I can ever remember. I had so many wonderful plans and ideas for 2018...I was ready to take it ALL on. Until January 7th, when the flu struck! It hit us hard and fast...

Lorelei was the first to fall, with 102 fever when she woke up, with me taking a close second, within a few hours. By Tuesday, Jonas joined the flu club, followed by John on Thursday, and after several days of denial, Savannah admitted it was the flu on Sunday. Lorelei and I missed 5 days of school, something that has never happened to me in my entire teaching career. John swears in all our years together, I've never been that sick. Lorelei and I definitely got it the worse (besides my mom, who we accidentally shared with!). Bailey managed to not get the flu, but we think that's because he was the only one who got the flu last year! He had to have built up some immunity because of it. I was the lucky one who picked up secondary infections, bronchitis and a sinus infection, followed by laryngitis. Although I still have a slight cough, and a croaky voice, I'm finally healthy!

Notice on my 2018 vision board, the "Stay Healthy" in the corner.  I'd been doing so well before the flu hit...working out three days a week, eating well, kicked the soda habit.  Time to start over!

Day 1 of the flu...she was not looking so bad.

Day 2...we could still smile.

It was downhill from there...Day 3-7 were the worst!  Body aches, fevers, and so, so tired!

Since Lorelei and I had taken over the couch, if Jonas wasn't in his room, he was here. Both him and Lorelei had fevers hit 104.7!  Mine never went over 101...and I still felt like dying!

We did have some wonderfully exciting things happen this month. Lorelei received diving classes for Christmas. January 21 was her first class.  She loved it and was a natural! They said she was very "coachable."

This week wrapped up January with my 45th birthday! Jonas asked me how it felt to be half way to my grave! Not too bad, now that I feel better. The family did a great job making me feel special and loved on my big day.

John fried up some chicken tenders and fries for dinner. Lorelei and Savannah made my looked a bit rough, but tasted yummy. It was simple, but just what I needed to end the month.

The Boyen Bunch is certainly ready for a fabulous February!  

Friday, December 29, 2017

The hardest part of Christmas... that it ends. There's so much build up, preparations, anticipation and then suddenly, it's 11:00 a.m. on December 25th, and for the most part, it's all over. It makes we wonder if the better part of this deal isn't the advent days...the special, fun days counting up till Christmas. I was telling Savannah today, that the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas day and go until January 5th. The holiday season seems to start on November 1 and comes to an abrupt halt on December 26. We decided to keep the Christmas decorations and tree up until the 5th, to savor and celebrate the whole holiday season.

By far my favorite activity with the kids (or even all by myself!) is hot chocolate, movies and the cozy fireplace. We cuddle up with a blanket, and watch Christmas movies, the good and the bad ones! The boys loved providing commentary to the romantic ones. The past few days we've watched a variety of flicks, kid and adult friendly. I just love it.

We spent a lot of December "elfing around", fun shenanigans that help in any way with Christmas. December was also full of many memorable moments, concerts, Bailey's acceptance into Texas Tech and even a snowfall!

Finland our elf , and his sidekick Spritely, had a lot of fun this season.

They really like Lorelei's poetry project for school based on e.e. cummings' poem, "little tree."

Although we found out quickly through e-mail that Bailey was accepted to Texas Tech, the official letter and welcome package came a week or so later. He also received a letter, with a merit scholarship offer for academics! He is thrilled to be a Red Raider!

December means holiday concerts. Jonas tied for 1st chair violins. Stinker never even practices!

Savannah's concert was the very same night. As soon as Jonas finished, we jumped in the car and headed to her's.

We had a couple Christmas parties this year. Lorelei's the only one who still has school parties. Nana was able to join her for the festivities.

John and I cleaned up and headed out for a lovely 5th grade team dinner party. Nothing better than yummy food and friends.

Savannah was my shopping buddy this year. It was wonderful to spend time together, just her and I.  We got all our shopping done in one, very long day! Thank goodness for generous students and gift cards. We were gone so long we had to have two meals out!

Christmas Eve crept up quickly. Nana outdid herself again, with a delicious spread of goodies and special gifts. The kids always say, Christmas Eve at my mom and dad's, is their favorite night of the year.

Christmas morning is so much calmer these days. No one wakes up at the crack of dawn. They are excited, but love their sleep too. It wasn't a huge Christmas. There were gifts, but I have found as the kids get older, there's less under the tree. They need less, they want less, and are just as happy.

Gifts from Santa are always extra special.

Lorelei was thrilled that Santa brought her an American Girl Doll, MaryEllen from the 1950's...her very first one. She played all day long with her.

We had a quiet day. Everyone really enjoyed playing with their new toys or video games. Savannah and I cracked opened some "bubbly" (sparkling apple cider) to accompany our movies! We curled up all afternoon watching movies.

The day after Christmas the girls and I headed out to take care of Christmas returns and exchanges.  Not too many...but enough to make a Starbucks stop necessary!

Yesterday John and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. Lorelei made us sleep in. We could hear the clinking and smell something cooking. Lorelei was hard at work, by herself, making us an anniversary breakfast. She is so sweet and thoughtful.

It's plenty cold outside, and even colder weather is heading our way. We have just a few more days of break and I'm thrilled for the excuse to cuddle up and stay close to home.  

Stay warm friends...enjoy these last few days of 2017.